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Thundercat Whitsundays - Whitehaven Beach and Snorkel Tour

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Departure Times

Departs: 9:00am - Daily
Returns: 5:00pm - Daily

Departure Point: Coral Sea Marina, Airlie Beach

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Pricing Options

$180 AUD / Person - Child (2-14 yrs) (Between: 01 Apr 2024 and 31 Mar 2025)
$220 AUD / Person - Adult (Between: 01 Apr 2024 and 31 Mar 2025)
RRP $800 $710 AUD / Family - Family (2A+2C) (Between: 01 Apr 2024 and 31 Mar 2025)

Highlights

beach_access Whitehaven Beach   Hill Inlet Lookout  Snorkelling
terrain Stunning Island Views directions_boat Fast & Smooth Catamaran departure_board Courtesy Transport
restaurant Delicious Catering   Colourful Marinelife  wine_bar BYO Alcohol

Enjoy a thrilling high-speed adventure to Whitehaven Beach and beyond!

  • Ultimate tour for speed, adrenaline and adventure!
  • One of the fastest boats in the Whitsundays - two 300 HP engines!
  • Visit the famous Whitehaven Beach and snap a selfie at Hill Inlet Lookout!
  • Soak up hours of swimming and snorkelling at two different fringing reefs

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 Free Cancellation - Up To 24 Hours Before Departure.
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Thundercat is hard to miss as she cuts through the water. Her bright red colour combined with her impressive speeds will have you wishing you were on board, enjoying the ride! With two 300 horsepower engines, Thundercat was not only built for speed, but also for stability and comfort. Taking passengers to the hotspots of the Whitsundays, this popular new trip is ideal for those who are looking for an all-inclusive day trip with plenty of snorkelling, a stop at Hill Inlet Lookout and Whitehaven Beach and more. This unique and spacious vessel has patented technology to ensure stability, an onboard toilet and a friendly, energetic crew. 


Thundercat Features

  • Custom built vessel for the Whitsunday conditions
  • A fast and very stable boat which reduces seasickness
  • A longer style day tour, allowing you to spend more time at each iconic location
  • Visits the famous Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout
  • Exclusive permits to unique and thriving snorkel locations
  • One of the fastest boats in the Whitsundays  
  • Modern and comfortable vessel with an on-board toilet
  • Whale watching (June - October)
  • All-inclusive tour
  • BYO alcohol - Eskies are provided to keep your drinks cool
  • 2017 Multi Award Gold winner for Adventure Tourism and Tour and Transport Operator in the Whitsundays!

If you are short on time but still want to experience the most of the Whitsundays, Thundercat is your answer - book your spot now!

Thundercat Whitsundays


Thundercat is also available for Private Charter.

Sample Itinerary

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Courtesy pick-up included for guests from local accommodations between 7:50am and 8:35am. Once you arrive at the marina you can check-in, select your stingersuits and get ready for an exciting day on the Whitsunday waters! Thundercat will depart Coral Sea Marina at 9:00am to take you to your first destination of the day.

Thundercat Whitsundays

Whitehaven Beach

Explore, relax and have fun on the sandy white beaches o...

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Courtesy pick-up included for guests from local accommodations between 7:50am and 8:35am. Once you arrive at the marina you can check-in, select your stingersuits and get ready for an exciting day on the Whitsunday waters! Thundercat will depart Coral Sea Marina at 9:00am to take you to your first destination of the day.

Thundercat Whitsundays

Whitehaven Beach

Explore, relax and have fun on the sandy white beaches of Whitehaven. The award winning Whitehaven Beach is 7 km long and is famous for its crystal clear waters and perfect 98% silica white sand. Feel free to bring a Frisbee or football along, Whitehaven beach is the perfect place to start a game with friends - both new and old!

Thundercat Whitsundays, Whitehaven Beach

Hill Inlet lookout

Take a quick bushwalk up to Hill Inlet lookout to see the famous swirling sands for yourself! While at the lookout take the opportunity to grab some awesome photos. The view of the swirling sands at the Hill Inlet lookout are never the same twice with the tides and currents continually shifting the sand to create new patterns.

Thundercat Whitsundays, Hill Inlet Lookout

Snorkelling

Snorkel at two of the best reefs in the Whitsundays - Mantaray Bay and Peter's Bay! Vibrant in beautiful corals and marine life, Peter's Bay can only be accessed by those with a special permit. Mantaray Bay has an array of underwater valleys and caves and is home to our local Maori Wrasse 'George.' Be sure to keep an eye out for friendly green sea turtles, giant sea clams and funny clownfish while you are snorkelling in these pristine fringing reefs of the Great Barrier Reef!

Thundercat Whitsundays, Snorkelling

After snorkelling, you'll join the crew back on board Thundercat for one last ride back to Coral Sea Marina, enjoying the view and the awesome ocean breeze on the way. After an action-packed day on the water, Thundercat offers all passengers the opportunity to join them for food and drinks at Base Backpackers.

Thundercat Whitsundays


Please Note: If you miss the bus please make your way to Coral Sea Marina North at your own cost by 8.30am.

The minimum age for Thundercat is 2 years old.

Our Delicious Sample Menu

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The lunch menu is made fresh each day locally and has been designed to suit most dietary requirements.

Morning tea: Home made gluten-free brownie

Buffet Lunch:

  • Zucchini frittata and quiche lorraine
  • Cold sliced meat and cheese platter
  • Salad platter
  • Fresh pasta salad
  • Chinese noodle salad
  • Bread rol...

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The lunch menu is made fresh each day locally and has been designed to suit most dietary requirements.

Morning tea: Home made gluten-free brownie

Buffet Lunch:

  • Zucchini frittata and quiche lorraine
  • Cold sliced meat and cheese platter
  • Salad platter
  • Fresh pasta salad
  • Chinese noodle salad
  • Bread rolls

Afternoon tea: Fresh fruit kebabs

Thundercat Lunch

Please note: Thundercat does not cater to dietary requirements, so if there is anything you cannot eat specifically you may need to pack a few light extras in terms of food. When purchasing your own alcohol to bring on board please stay clear from red wine or glass as these are not permitted on the vessel. Eskies are provided to keep your extra snacks and drinks cool. 

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What To Bring

Pack a small soft bag and include:

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Re-fillable water bottle
  • Towel
  • Tie-down hat (this boat is fast!)
  • Practical clothing and footwear 
  • Underwater camera
  • BYO alcohol (no glass or red wine) 
  • It is advised to bring a rain jacket during summer months (Jan-April)
  • Warmer clothes during winter months (June-September)

What's Included

  • Stinger suit hire
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • All meals and snacks
  • Environmental m...

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What To Bring

Pack a small soft bag and include:

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Re-fillable water bottle
  • Towel
  • Tie-down hat (this boat is fast!)
  • Practical clothing and footwear 
  • Underwater camera
  • BYO alcohol (no glass or red wine) 
  • It is advised to bring a rain jacket during summer months (Jan-April)
  • Warmer clothes during winter months (June-September)

What's Included

  • Stinger suit hire
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • All meals and snacks
  • Environmental marine charges
  • Queensland Parks and Wildlife and Fuel Levy
  • Courtesy transfer to/from select local accommodations

The courtesy transfer bus will pick the passengers up from their local accommodation and take them to Coral Sea Marina. The bus will do pick up from Coral Sea Marina roundabout, back to accommodation.

What's Extra

A surcharge of $20 per adult and $10 per child will apply to trips that fall on public holidays. This surcharge can be paid directly over the phone with Red Cat (07 4946 4444), or by going into the Red Cat office on Airlie Beach Main Street. Below are the dates, until the 31st March 2025, where the public holiday surcharge will apply:

  • Friday, 29th March 2024 (Good Friday)
  • Saturday, 30th March 2024 (Easter Saturday)
  • Sunday, 31st March 2024 (Easter Sunday)
  • Monday, 1st April 2024 (Easter Monday)
  • Thursday, 25th April 2024 (ANZAC Day)
  • Monday, 6th May 2024 (Labour Day)
  • Friday, 21st June 2024 (Proserpine Show Day)
  • Monday, 7th October 2024 (Kings Birthday)
  • Wednesday, 25th December 2024 (Xmas Day)
  • Thursday, 26th December 2024 (Boxing Day)
  • Wednesday, 1st January 2025 (New Years Day)
  • Monday, 27th January 2025 (Australia Day)

Terms and Conditions


Your Responsibilities:

Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old to ensure this is the appropriate trip. 

You must reconfirm all booked tours prior to travel as specified on your voucher. If applicable, notes such as dietary requirements, pick-up locations and additional fees should also be confirmed at this time. Reconfirmations cannot be actioned through Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel, and must be done so directly through the Service Operator as specified on each ticket.

It is your responsibility to notify us of ticket discrepancies. Please read through the details on your voucher thoroughly to ensure all details such as passenger names, ages and dates of travel on vouchers are correct.

It is the responsibility of all passengers travelling to advise both your travel agent at the time of booking and vessel check-in agent before boarding of any medical conditions including food allergies you may suffer from.

You need to allow adequate time to check-in prior to the specified departure time. 

A public holiday surcharge of $20 per adult and $10 per child will apply to holidays including Easter Monday, ANZAC Day, Labour Day, Kings Birthday, Boxing Day, New Years Day, Australia Day. The tour does not operate on Christmas Day. 


Prices/Extra Costs:

All prices are stated in Australian dollars and include GST. Surcharges over peak holiday seasons may apply. 

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices and extra costs. Extra costs may include EMC fees, Stingersuit/Wetsuit Hire, Luggage Storage, Insurance, Linen Hire, National Park Fees, Fuel Levies, Dietary Fees, etc. Bonds may also apply.

We will also endeavour to communicate these extra costs with you at the time of booking, and on your ticket. However, it is your responsibility to confirm which (if any) additional costs apply with each Service Operator upon reconfirming your trip.


Travel Risk/Insurance:

It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to the actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We highly recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. You should also ensure your travel insurance will cover special circumstances including weather events preventing guests from travelling to their tour departure destination and cancelled flights due to unforeseen circumstances. 


Transfers:

The Service Operator reserves the right to limit courtesy transfers to select local accommodations. Private residences or Airbnb properties may be asked to meet at the closest confirmed location. Failure to meet at the specified pick-up location may be treated as “No Show”, for which the Client Cancellation Policy applies.


Merchant Fees:

Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 1% surcharge for VISA and MASTERCARD card purchases.


Other: 

Terms and Conditions (including the Cancellation Policy) are subject to change. The most recent versions can be found online on the relevant product pages. 

All ticket/voucher reissues attract a $20 administration fee.


Open Date Vouchers / Gift Certificate:

Shipping Costs are in addition to the ticket price and will be added at check-out. Shipping costs are non-refundable and do not makeup part of the ticket value. 

E-Vouchers incur no shipping fees.

You have 5 years to use the value of the voucher. Seasonal Price Rises will apply if travelling out the current seasons pricing. Vouchers can be exchanged for free up to the full value of the voucher excluding credit card fees and charges.

Cancellations


Client Cancellations:

No shows or client cancellations made within 24 hours of departure forfeit 100% of the total ticket price. 

Sailing Whitsundays are required to notify the operator of any cancellations within the specified cancellation period (24 hours). It is your responsibility to make sure you submit your cancellation request with adequate time, and during standard business hours (9am-5pm), to allow us to contact the tour provider.

Transfers between tours can be made at the suppliers discretion, however, it should be noted that supplier fees may apply. Tour transfers also incur a $20 administration fee. 

It is compulsory that all cancellation requests are in writing and sent via email to admin@mr-travel.com. Cancellations attempted via online chat or phone will not be actioned.


Supplier Cancellations:

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices, alter itineraries, apply a fuel surcharge, cancel departures, arrange alternative transport and vary itineraries and services if necessary.

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Service Operator. If the Service Operator has to cancel the trip or activity (prior to departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus a 20% administration fee and any associated card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.

In the unlikely event of your trip being cancelled or stood down, all guest communication is required to go through our Online Store via telephone or email. While there is a Sailing Whitsundays retail outlet located Airlie Beach, please be aware that they operate as a separate entity and are unable to access reservations made by the Mr Travel online department.


Refunds:

All refunds are in Australian Dollars and must be made to the card of payment. Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel is not liable for exchange rate fluctuations or fees, or any other merchant/bank fees associated with domestic and/or international transactions.

Where a full refund is applicable, there is the option to transfer the whole cost of the tour to another tour or “Credit” to avoid the administration fee. A transfer fee of $20 will apply.

You will be emailed confirmation once the refund has been processed. Once the refund has been processed, it may still take time for the banks to clear the amount. Please allow 7-10 business days for the funds to clear into Australian accounts and up to 21 business days for international accounts.


Accountability/Misconduct:

All Service Operators have the right to provide client feedback and to cancel bookings based off of feedback from other Service Operators. 

Please enjoy your travel experience in a kind and responsible manner.

Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel will treat this as any normal client cancellation and therefore the cancellation fees stated in the Client Cancellation Policy will apply.


Thank you for booking with our East-Coast travel experts here at Mr Travel/Sailing Whitsundays. If you would like any further advice, assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours please get in touch.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can special dietary requirements be catered for?

The menu has been designed to cater to most dietary requirements including complimentary vegetarian options. Please note that vegan and halal diets are unable to be catered for. 

Is snorkelling gear provided?

Yes, you will be given a snorkelling mask, snorkel and a lycra/wetsuit. 

What is the minimum age?

The minimum age for Thundercat is 2 years.

Can I bring my own alcohol?

Yes, you are welcome to BYO alcohol and place cans in the esky onboard. Please note, no red wine or glass is allowed on the vessel. There is no alcohol for sale onboard, so guests wishing to drink are required to bring their own.

How many people are onboard?

Thundercat has a maximum capacity of 32 passengers and 2 crew members onboard.

Will I get seasick?

Thundercat is a catamaran, offering more stability than a monohull vessel. Nevertheless, if you're prone to sickness, it is recommended that you take travel sickness medication prior to boarding according to the instructions.

Where can I store my bags?

If you have extra luggage, you can store it at the Airlie Beach Bag Storage shop! With the best rates and most secure facilities in town, the whole experience is a breeze!

Do I need travel insurance?

To protect yourself from cancellation costs due to illness, injury, delays, weather, natural disasters and other issues, it is strongly recommended to have travel insurance. Sailing Whitsundays is not responsible for any costs incurred due to such cancellations and issues.

Can I go on Thundercat if I am pregnant?

If you are pregnant, you will be required to sign a specific waiver before travel. If you have been approved by a doctor for this type of adventure activity, and are in your second trimester, this day trip is generally suitable for you.

Please note that if you are in your first or third trimester, we will be required to obtain a doctor’s certificate permitting this type of activity before travelling. Finally, the skipper is entitled to deny travel to any guests who are deemed unsafe for travel due to conditions on the day.

If you have any questions or concerns about travelling pregnant, don't hesitate to get in touch with our friendly travel agents to help you out.

 

Reviews

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Based on 97 reviews

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Reviews by our Sailing Whitsundays customers

Brad Webb, 03 May 24
Loved it. Family of 6 ranging from 6 yrs old to 77 years old, all able to do the simple walk at Whitehaven Beach & the snorkelling. Great crew Gus & Reilly. Loved the snorkelling. Fabulous lunch morning & afternoon tea. Would do it again!!!
Chris Gould, 18 Apr 24
Was not good. Weather was bad. Was a really rough ride out there. Visability was bad. We should have canceled. Wasent their fault just bad timing on the weather.. not sure why they dident cancel it?
Emilia Hull, 18 Mar 24
Amazing time! The staff were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about marine life and the area. We saw dolphins, big fish, and even a reef shark! And the highlight was spending time at Whitsunday Beach - an unforgettable experience. This day trip has all the highlights - would recommend
Melkon Farkosian, 12 Mar 24
Excellent
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